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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.


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2017-01-08 21:17   The Close Encounter of The Eastern Brown Snake


This is my first blog in 2017 and I was going to write about some related topic of the new year but I have to write about what I still haven't written about, a very impressive experience that happened on New Year's Eve. It was a close encounter with one of the venomous snakes, the Eastern Brown Snake.

I live in Queensland, Australia. This area is a paradise of marsupials, birds and reptiles. Yes, that's right, there are many reptiles here and some of them are venomous snakes. I have seen small tree snakes twice since I moved here but they are not venomous and are not aggressive. However, a snake that I saw on 31st of December was different. It was an Eastern Brown Snake. They are notorious as aggressive snakes.

I was inside of the house and one of my cats looked outside curiously, then I looked outside too. There it was! It was a brown coloured snake and was not so big. The snake looked at my cat and me and rose its head in the shape of an S character, then it seemed to try to strike toward our side and hit its nose against the glass door. I have never thought of thanking the glass door like this in my life. I keep my cats as indoor cats therefore all windows and fly screen doors were always closed. If the door was open, it would have entered our house, I'm very sure. I wanted to take pictures of it and run to the next room to get a camera. While I was away, the snake went somewhere.

I searched the key word "venomous" and "snakes", and found the website of the "Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes." In my impression, the Rattlesnake or Cobra seem to have strong poison. They are world wide famous venomous snakes. I had taken a look at the top 10 most venomous snakes from the tenth. The surprising thing was the tenth of the top ten was the Rattlesnake. The Philippine Cobra was seventh. It was unbelievable that there are six kinds of venomous snakes that are more dangerous than the Cobra. I took a look at the top six and found it, found the Eastern Brown Snake as the second most dangerous venomous snake in the world!! The number one dangerous venomous snake was the Inland Taipan, which also live in Queensland but in a slightly different area I live, phew.

After I saw the snake, I didn't go to the backyard for a while. It might be somewhere hiding. The Eastern Brown Snake is not colourful, they are brown, the same as its name. It's not easy to find them if they are on the ground. In wildlife, some creatures that have poison have colourful colours to warn other animals. I think they are very kind. To me, the Eastern Brown Snake is not kind. If they have strong poison, I want them to have a stronger colour, like yellow, red or pink.

I could go outside after I heard that my husband saw a mouse in the backyard. Mice are clever. If there was a snake around here, they wouldn't roam the backyard. You know, this was the first time that I was happy when I heard there is a mouse around my house.

Well, whatever I complain they are here. My neighbor said that they are part of our life. Yes, that's true.

I hope this year will be peaceful, healthy, with lots of fun and no encounters with the Eastern Brown Snake.

Eastern Brown Snake - Queensland Museum

Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes

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